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After spending the last 12 weeks being battered and bruised at the hands of Australia, Stuart Broad could be forgiven for wishing he was already back at home.

Carlton Baugh fumble saves Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey survived a missed stumping to complete an unbeaten half-century and steer Australia out of trouble in the second Test against West Indies at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad. When lunch was taken on day two, Australia were 267 for 6 in their first innings after resuming at 208 for 5. Hussey was on 54 and James Pattinson 21.

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Patel hopes sheer weight of runs will nudge the selectors

Samit Patel has shown plenty of hunger in the past, and today he needs to show the England selectors he has an appetite for big runs and a desire to cut the mustard at the highest level.

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The first part of England's cricketing winter went into meltdown with a 3-0 hammering by Pakistan, but the green shoots of springtime recovery arrived just in time yesterday when victory over Sri Lanka earned them a drawn series.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur plays down Clarke injury fears

Australia coach Mickey Arthur has played down fears skipper Michael Clarke's career could be shortened by injury.

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Prince Harry showed he has inherited his father's gift for looking awkward on foreign trips when he tried to imitate Usain Bolt's victory celebrations during a visit to Jamaica yesterday.

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West Indies cricketer killed in car crash

The West Indies Cricket Board today sent their condolences to the family of batsman Runako Morton, who has been killed in a car accident.

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More than 500 people have joined the search for a British man missing in the Cayman Islands. Nathan Clarke, originally from Cheltenham, was last seen a week ago on Grand Cayman.

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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting could be set to call time on his international career after his axing from the one-day side.

Shara Proctor broke the British indoor record twice on her way to winning the women’s long jump at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday

'Plastic Brit' jibe propels Proctor into contention

Perhaps it was only to be expected, but after claiming her first British record and beating the host of stars on show to the athlete of the meeting award at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday – Jessica Ennis and Liu Xiang amongst them – Shara Proctor was obliged to set the record straight on the subject of her Britishness.

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All that England have to do to win Tests in Asia is find a way of playing spin bowling on low, slow pitches. It is not, as their coach, Andy Flower, said yesterday, brain surgery.

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England deflated but still determined to be the best

England's desire to be the best side the country has produced is beginning to look slightly ambitious. Lose in the third Test, which starts tomorrow, and the idea of leaving a legacy will pale beside the need to cling on for dear life.

James Anderson inaction at the England nets session yesterday

England deflated but determined to be best of all time

England's desire to be the best side the country has produced is beginning to look slightly ambitious. Lose in the third Test, which starts tomorrow, and the idea of leaving a legacy will pale beside the need to cling on for dear life.

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27,000 miles, 500 days – and she's just 16. One girl's epic solo voyage

With Laura Dekker set to become the youngest person to sail around the globe single-handed, Tony Paterson finds out why the Dutch authorities put their oar in to make sure she did her homework on board

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